Exploration At Your Fingertips

Synonymous with majestic alpine vistas, iconic wildlife and pristine wilderness, Banff and Lake Louise offer endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Nestled in a National Park nirvana of snowcapped peaks, glacier lakes, thick forests and rushing rivers, they also offer many dining and accommodation options – from rustic to luxurious. Welcome to the crown jewels of the Canadian Rockies.

 

Just an hour west of cosmopolitan Calgary await Banff and Lake Louise.

These two charming historical areas are surrounded by 6600 square kilometres of Banff National Park’s pristine mountain peaks and trails. With a stunning panoramic view of the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains, this destination offers an authentic and vibrant community, as well as all of the modern amenities anyone might need.

Winter and early spring offer the unmatched variety of four ski destinations, Banff Mount Norquay, Nakiska Mountain Resort, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. Dogsledding, snowshoeing, and hiking are also a must on the list.

After working up an appetite, families will love to indulge in any one of the refreshing mountain bistros in the area before taking a step back in time with a visit to the Sweet Shoppe or The Fudgery.

Spring, summer and fall feature exceptional hiking and biking through the vast network of trails in the majestic Canadian Rockies. There are a multitude of options here for any difficulty level, length, or duration so you are assured to find a trail that works for you and your group.

Explore alpine meadows and turquoise waters all amongst the elk, bighorn sheep, black and grizzly bear, and over 260 species of birds. Canada’s oldest National Park boasts the spectacular historic experience of the Banff Springs Hotel and Golf Course, Cave and Basin Historic Site, Upper Hot Springs Pool and the Sulphur Mountain Gondola.

For anyone looking to try something new, there are plenty of guided outdoor adventures available. Challenge yourself with a little rock or ice climbing, enjoy a float trip down the Bow River or paddle a canoe across iconic Lake Louise. Guided hikes in Banff’s glorious Sunshine Meadows provide easy access to high alpine meadows filled with glorious wildflowers throughout July and August.

Lake Louise is perhaps the most iconic and quintessentially Canadian mountain scene. It is situated at the base of an impressive and expansive set of mountain peaks and is known for its gorgeous, sparkling blue waters. At around 2.5 kilometres long and 90 metres deep, Lake Louise offers year-round opportunities to enjoy this outstanding environment. In the summer months the lake provides exceptional paddling opportunities, and in the winter it transforms into one of the most scenic skating rinks in the world. Just minutes from the lake is the hamlet of Lake Louise; this hamlet easily serves the needs of the visitors who choose to take in the beauty of this picturesque site in Banff National Park.

While Banff National Park offers a bevy of exciting outdoor adventure opportunities, the Town of Banff provides a relaxing atmosphere to kick back and recharge at the end of an action-packed day. It is difficult to find any other place in the world where there is such a vibrant community of outdoor enthusiasts, athletes, families, restaurateurs and hoteliers. Family camping fun or a romantic five-star endeavor – the exploration never ends in Alberta’s biggest backyard.

Banff’s Lake Minnewanka: stunning beauty with an intriguing past.